Climate protestors climbed onto the roof of Rishi Sunak’s North Yorkshire home earlier this morning (August 3).

Police officers are at the scene after four Greenpeace demonstrators clambered up onto the roof of the PM’s manor house near Northallerton and covered it in “oil-black” fabric.

The activists turned up with ropes and ladders and unfolded 200 sq metres of black fabric to cover the side of the mansion.

Two others held a banned reading “Rishi Sunak – Oil Profits or Our Future?” on the front lawn.

Greenpeace climate campaigner, Philip Evans said: “We desperately need our prime minister to be a climate leader, not a climate arsonist.”

North Yorkshire Police said: "We’re responding to reports of protest activity at a property in Kirby Sigston, near Northallerton.

"Our officers are at the scene and managing the situation. We’ll provide a further update in due course."

On Wednesday Mr Sunak admitted during an LBC phone-in he is expecting his climate-conscious daughters to grill him on his plans to “max out” the UK’s oil and gas reserves.

The Prime Minister said he is confident he can win them over with his argument that the UK can reach net zero by 2050 while continuing to drill for fossil fuels.


His comments came as he was being questioned about his decision to grant more than 100 new licences for oil and gas extraction in the North Sea, for which he is facing a growing backlash for allegedly betraying climate pledges.

Asked how he has sold the move to his children, whom he has previously called the “experts” in his household on climate change, Mr Sunak said he has not yet spoken to them about it.

He said: “We are going to get to net zero, that’s my commitment. But even when we’re there, we will still need fossil fuels.”

The plans have been criticised by climate campaigners, opposition parties and even leading green Conservatives amid fears of how they will affect the UK’s mission to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

A No 10 source said this morning “police are in attendance” before defending Mr Sunak’s climate policies.

“We make no apology for taking the right approach to ensure our energy security, using the resources we have here at home so we are never reliant on aggressors like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for our energy,” they said.

“We are also investing in renewables and our approach supports thousands of British jobs.”

Alicia Kearns, the senior Tory who chairs the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, said the action was “unacceptable”.

“Politicians live in the public eye and rightly receive intense scrutiny, but their family homes should not be under assault,” she said.

“Before long police will need to be stationed outside the home of every MP.”